Seven places to take the kids in the capital this half term
t’s half term, the sun is shining and the kids are getting itchy feet – why not venture to the capital, where there are endless options to keep them entertained? We’ve taken a look at some of the most exciting days out in the capital that the whole family can enjoy...
An increasingly popular attraction in our fine capital is The Shard – the tallest building in Western Europe at a height of over 300 metres. This distinctive building is part of the London Bridge development, just south of the Thames, and offers fabulous views of the whole of London. The young ones are sure to be excited by how high up in the sky they are, and the view gives you an opportunity to teach them about the various landmarks visible across London. You can even enjoy a meal at the summit, for a chance to replenish depleted energy levels before you move onto the next attraction.
For more information, visit: the-shard.com
The London Bridge Experience
For a thrilling day out with a difference, the London Bridge Experience is perfect for older kids. This exhilarating exhibition offers two adventures for the price of one – both the London Bridge Experience and the London Tombs – and allows you the opportunity to visit the spooky underground tunnels beneath London Bridge, where many terrifying adventures await. This attraction is not suitable for very young children, but for older kids, it’s a fantastic, adrenaline-fuelled romp.
For more information, visit: thelondonbridgeexperience.com
Wembley Stadium Tour
If you’ve got a football-crazed son or daughter in the family, there’s no better choice of day out than a walk around the home of football, Wembley Stadium. This fabulous tour takes in all aspects of the Wembley experience, giving you the perfect opportunity to see what it’s like being a top footballer; warming up in the changing rooms and taking in the crowd’s cheers in the players’ tunnel, before trotting out onto the hallowed Wembley turf. You’ll even get to feel like a champion as you pose with the FA Cup in the Royal Box. This sensational day out is the ultimate experience for any footy-mad kids.
For more information, visit: wembleystadium.com
The Lion King
Disney-mad youngsters (and adults too) will go crazy for hit musical, The Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End. All the soundtrack songs are included: Can You Feel The Love Tonight, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King and, of course, Hakuna Matata, so your children will have no trouble remembering all the worlds in this fun-filled romp which follows Simba and pals as they begin their epic journey on the Circle Of Life. The Lion King has won endless awards thanks to its energetic cast and sing-along classics, making for a great day out that you’ll probably enjoy just as much as the kids.
For more information, visit: thelionking.co.uk
The V&A Museum of Childhood
If you’re looking for an excursion that is as educational as it is fun, you might want to consider the V&A Museum of Childhood. This fabulous museum lies in the heart of Bethnal Green, and contains a vast collection of childhood items dating as far back as the 1600s. Enjoy the look of wonder – or possibly horror – on your children’s faces as they learn that previous generations of youngsters entertained themselves not with iPads and laptops, but hand-made dolls and board games. You might even find a few things you remember from your own childhood.
For more information, visit: vam.ac.uk/moc
Tumbling Bay Playground
For dads with toddlers, the Tumbling Bay Playground inside the Olympic Park in Stratford is the ideal way to let your nippers use up their excess energy while you take a back seat. This sprawling adventure park contains a host of great attractions that are sure to keep your child grinning from ear to ear, from treehouses and sandpits to slides and swings – not to mention a charming café where the little ones can wind down after a hard day’s fun with home-made food and drink.
For more information, visit: queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk
The Making of Harry Potter
OK, so this one is a short trip out of London up to Leavesden, where the movies were made, but, with a free shuttle bus available to ferry you to the attraction from Watford Junction, why not catch the train and maybe start your trip with a visit to Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross station?
It's a pretty safe bet that your kids, young or old, are Harry Potter fans and what better way to bring the magical world to life for them than by taking them onto the actual sets used during the making of the blockbusting film series?
Over the course of shooting the production crew saved many of the intricately made artifacts and sets in case they were needed for later movies in the series, which has resulted in a fans' treasure trove of props and backdrops, rarely seen in movie production. Visitors have the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, breathtaking special effects, and animatronic creatures.
For more information, visit: wbstudiotour.co.uk